While I was writing this blog, I came across an article by S.A.R.K, which is worth sharing.
The critical voices in our own heads are far more vicious than what we might hear from the outside. Our “inside critics” have intimate knowledge of us and can zero in on our weakest spots.
You might be told by the critics that you’re too fat, too old, too young, not intelligent enough, a quitter, not logical, prone to try too many things… It’s all balderdash!
Some elements of these may be true, and it’s completely up to you how they affect you. Inside critics are really just trying to protect you.
Learn to dialogue with them.
Give them new jobs.
Turn them into allies.
You can also dismantle/exterminate them.”
-S.A.R.K. Creative Companion – How to Free Your Creative Spirit
It’s not that you stop having thoughts about how you view yourself, but you can choose to think better feeling thoughts about yourself.
Learn to treat yourself like a loving mother would treat a child or talk to yourself as if you were talking to a best friend. It will be a work in progress but press on.
When we direct a lot of hostile energy toward the inner critic, we enter into a losing battle.